HTC Desire Z Announced at London Event!

Along with the Desire HD, these two have been the subject of much speculation for months, so we’re glad to see the pair made official at today’s special HTC event in London. We’ve taken a look at the HTC Desire HD elsewhere, so let’s focus on the Desire Z.

Here is the specification:

  • 3.7″ Super LCD touchscreen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • 800 Mhz processor, 512MB RAM and 1.5GB of internal memory.
  • Google Android 2.2 with HTC Sense.
  • A Z-slider QWERTY keyboard.
  • GPS and a digital compass.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, plus 720p video recording.
  • 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • DLNA certified.

So now we know where the Desire Z takes its name from, the clever hinge system used to reveal the QWERTY keyboard, which is designed to make it easier to press the upper row of keys as well as laying the screen flush with the device when closed. The keyboard has four rows, programmable keys and handy short cuts such as an @ key.

Like the Desire HD and various HTC phones before it, the Z will have a metal shell which looks great, but does bump the weight up to a hefty 180 grams. An array of sensors including a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and a G-sensor are all on-board along with an optical trackpad, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a microSD card slot.

Price and release date has yet to be confirmed, however it will be later than the mid-October date for the Desire HD.

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